Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Tu B`Shevat (2) & Shabbat Shalom・梅の木と雪とマナ

Then Moses and Bnei-Yisrael sang this song to ADONAI

  I will sing to ADONAI,
for He is highly exalted!

--Exodus 15:1 TLV

Friday, February 10

The snow falling this morning looked like the manna God sent from heaven.
It was big flakes of white dew-like snow, falling from heaven and forming a layer on the ground!! As we are in the Parsha Beshalach, the parsha where God gives the manna to the Israelites, it was like a Shabbat Miracle!

 I also just found out it is the New Year and Birthday for trees, called Tu B`shevat.
It falls on the same day as this week`s Shabbat.  (Sundown February 10th, to Sundown February 11th).  It is my first Tu B`shevat in Japan, and maybe in my life (though I probably celebrated it in some way when a child though I can`t remember how).

The snow falling like manna even seemed to be `dancing` around  the Ume (Plum) Tree.  May today be a day to dance a joyous dance and wish a Happy Birthday to your favorite tree.  May we give thanks the God of Heaven for all that He provides.  And remember the test of the manna in the desert, that we should know that all provision comes from heaven, and that His heavenly provision comes in just the amounts we need.  This weeks Torah portion can be found starting in Exodus chapter 13.  In it we see the first teaching about Shabbat, and how God set apart this day of rest and provides a double portion of manna.   It is also the Torah Portion of Moses and Miriam`s song of Praise and declaration of Faith in ADONAI  after the `showdown` at the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea).  For the full list of weekly readings see here.  This weeks readings are:

Torah:  Exodus 13:17~17:16
Haftarah:  Judges 4:4~5:31
Brit Chadashah: Revelation 19:1~20:6 

and the Holiday readings for Tu B`Shevat, New Year for Trees (15th of Shevat):
Psalm 104:16~17
Psalms 120~134
Matthew 7:13~24, 7:28~29
Delight in the Shabbat! Shabbat Shalom! Happy Tu B`Shevat!!

Then ADONAI said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you.  The people will go out and gather a day`s portion every day, so that I can test them to find out whether they will walk according to My Torah or not.  So on the sixth day, when they prepare what they might bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather day by day."

---Exodus 16:4 TLV





イスラエル人はこれを見て、「これは何だろう」と互いに言った。彼らはそれが何か知らなかったからである。モーセは彼らに言った。「これはがあなたがたに食物として与えてくださったパンです。」   出エジプト16:13〜15

イスラエルの家は、それをマナと名づけた。それはコエンドロの種のようで、白く、その味は蜜をいれたせんべいのようであった。   出エジプト16:31










  1. What a treat to have manna like snow falling from the sky around the plum tree! My second chinese name, as given by my father, is 雪梅! How fun is that!

  2. Hi Sarah, so happy to see you stopped by, and then to read that about your second chinese name! Wow!! I love hearing that!! Its so fun, yes, and that it was `revealed` to me through your reading this post. Plum blossom season must be a very special time for you!! Oh, and your name sounds like a princess! Which you are!! Love and blessings!